Sitting here, drinking my hot matcha tea, pondering what to put on this chilly, soaking morning, I realize I’ve planned numerous rainy summer day outfits recently, many more this season than hot, sizzling sunny looks.
Cue the stats. “Summer rainy day outfits” searches on Pinterest spiked 163 percent and will trend through June. Google results for that search term top out at 19,200,000. This is what happens when is experiencing above-average or record-level rain this season (just check out that graphic below!). A girl’s got to know how to dress for the soggy stuff. (We know that the rain has brought real suffering, not just fashion dilemmas. Please consider donating to the Red Cross to help those in flood-ravaged areas of the Midwest.)
If, like me, you’re getting drenched this spring, you may be experiencing targeted digital clothing ads geared toward this weather.
If these targeted ads don’t float your style boat and you’re still feeling under the fashion weather, here are a few summer rainy day outfit ideas that should have you singin’ in the rain.
What to Wear to a Summer Downpour
- Wear only breathable natural fiber fabrics (cotton or linen), and layer. Avoid silk—it’ll make you sweat and show water spots!
- Shine with a brightly-hued, translucent waterproof rain jacket or poncho. Just make sure it has breathable ventilation under the arms and around the back, like this Rains jacket; you don’t want to feel as though you’re wrapped in a shower curtain!
- To stay in the spirit of summer (even though the weather isn’t cooperating) add colorful Wellies or waterproof flats AND a clear bubble umbrella.
- Carry a cotton canvas tote as a handbag (extra points if you’ve pre-waterproofed it) and stuff a pair of sandals or slides into the bottom, especially if you are heading to an office, meeting, or business lunch later.
- Wear sleeveless and flowing dresses or skirts for natural air conditioning under the rain gear.
- Pack a waterproof bucket hat to defend tresses. De-frizz hair products can be tossed in the tote, too.
Go ahead, let it pour.